Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

October 22, 2012 17:23 ET

Tax Preparers Can Register Today to Comply With Mandatory Electronic Filing Requirements

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 22, 2012) - The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is informing tax preparers that starting today, they can register with the CRA in order to comply with new mandatory electronic filing requirements.

Starting January 2013, tax preparers who receive payment to prepare more than 10 income tax returns in a year will be required to file them electronically. This new requirement applies to both T1 individual income tax and benefit returns and T2 corporation income tax returns for 2012 and for subsequent tax years. Individual taxpayers and volunteers who do not charge a fee to prepare income tax returns for others are not required to register for an EFILE number.

In order to file T1 individual income tax and benefit returns electronically with the CRA, tax preparers must register for an EFILE number and use certified EFILE software.

When filing T2 income tax returns electronically, tax preparers must use approved commercial software and transmit the returns using the CRA's Corporation Internet Filing service or through the available service in Represent a Client.

More and more Canadians are going online. Last year over 11 million individual returns were filed using the EFILE service, while over 1.1 million corporations filed their returns using the Corporation Internet Filing service. Electronic filing provides filers with immediate confirmation of filing, eliminates delays and traditional delivery expenses, and reduces printing costs. Equally important, electronic filing means refunds are issued faster - that's good news for tax preparers and their clients.

There is no cost to register as an electronic filer, and tax preparers can do so for the 2012 tax year as of today, October 22, 2012. To maintain ongoing eligibility as an electronic filer, tax preparers currently filing electronically must renew their account every year.

Tax preparers who do not comply with mandatory electronic filing may be charged a penalty.

The CRA is committed to providing tax professionals with online services that are easy to use and cost-effective. EFILE is easy and safe to use. For more information on mandatory electronic filing, go to www.cra.gc.ca/mandatoryelectronicfiling.

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The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is informing tax preparers that they must register with the CRA in order to comply with new mandatory electronic filing requirements. Starting January 2013, tax preparers who receive payment to prepare more than 10 income tax returns in a year will be required to file them electronically. In order to file individual income tax returns electronically with the CRA, tax preparers must register for an EFILE number and use certified EFILE software. There is no cost to register and tax preparers can do so for the 2012 tax year as of today, October 22, 2012.

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Contact Information

  • Noel Carisse
    Canada Revenue Agency
    Media Relations
    613-952-9184